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9 Effective Ways to Clean Out Your Closet

Remove dust and mold from your cabinets and drawers with these tips


We've featured tips on how you can organize your shoes and bags, now it's time to get rid of dust, or maybe mold—that might have been accumulating in your closet.

Here are a few effective tips to prevent dust and mold from growing in your storage areas. 

Source: Martha Stewart. Main photo by Christopher Patey via

Keep these tips in mind:
  • Dust your shelves twice or thrice a month using a feather duster or a microfiber cloth. This helps prevent dust from being transferred to your clothes, too.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to clean out edges. Closets are prone to insect larvae growth, so it’s recommended to vacuum these critical areas.
  • To avoid damage in your apparel, make sure to close your wardrobe or closet doors. Keep in mind that too much heat can affect the quality of your clothing's material, too. 
  • Place your closet in a cool and dry area to avoid mold growth. Remember, a well-ventilated area helps prevent mold growth on your bags, shoes, and belts. Click here to learn more about how you can prevent mold growth at home.
  • Avoid storing your clothes in dry-cleaning bags. This will trap moisture inside your clothes which then causes a musty odor. Click here for tips on how ro remove odors using natural ingredients

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

  • Don’t use regular cardboard boxes when storing clothes. If stored too long, these boxes stain your clothes with a yellowish color. 
  • Wipe rods and racks with a damp cloth. You may use a mild dishwashing liquid or homemade cleaning mixtures.
  • Place a bowl of baking soda inside your closet to absorb musky smells and deodorize the area. Replace the bowl every 6 months and check it from time to time, too.  
  • Before putting away shoes or bags in your closet, make sure that it is well dried. Mold can easily grow on wet organic materials that are trapped in an enclosed area. 

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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